I see you.
Lizard. Do you know my name?
These pictures were taken at Derkies. We walked back to a marshy area and our ears were filled with the songs and chattering of these two beautiful blackbirds. There is something about black contrasted with a flash of bright color – stunning! Swallows were dipping back and forth across the water, and some sort of water loving, sleek brown mammal was scurrying within the reeds, never letting us get more than a glimpse of it. Lichen covered rocks. Craggy cliffs. The green of spring. A nature walk right in town.
Here’s what we found in our backyard at the beginning of this month. It’s a gopher snake (a.k.a. bull snake).
Unfortunately our dogs found him first. They were barking like crazy at something, but weren’t getting near it. Chase and I, with Collin in tow, went outside and got the dogs in the shop. The snake was very scared (poor thing) and had a tooth mark hole a couple of inches from the back of his head.
Chase managed to get him in here (quite impressive considering snakes make him a wee bit nervous).
And then in here for safe transportation. We got in the truck and drove around ’till we found a suitable place for the release.
Bye bye snakey. I hope he lived. I have no idea how serious that sort of wound is for a snake. It was pretty crazy to have him in our backyard. I mean, he’s pretty big and we do live right in town. He must have surpassed a lot of obstacles before the dog encounter. It’s always good to remember that wildlife is all around, even in our own backyards. What sort of encounters have you had?
Want to see more wildlife?
Wild Idaho #1 – American Goldfinch
Wild Idaho #2 – Mule Deer
Wild Idaho #3 – Red-Tailed Hawk
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